Posted by: episystechpubs | July 2, 2013

Editor’s Corner: Presently, I will present you with a present.

One of our Editor’s Corner readers, Ron Harman, sent this list of sentences for our viewing pleasure. Outside of proving why English can be hard to learn, the list also demonstrates some of the words we’ve learned recently. For example, the first sentence involves capitonyms (pronunciation and meaning change when polish is capitalized as Polish), but polish and Polish are also heteronyms (different meanings, different pronunciation, same spelling). There’s a color chart of these terms here, though it might confuse more than enlighten.

Now, without further ado:

Read the statements below out loud.

  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  • The soldier decided to desert in the desert.
  • This was a good time to present the present.
  • A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • They sent a sewer down to stitch the tear in the sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  • Upon seeing the tear in my clothes I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Thank you for the contribution, Mark!

Kara Church
Senior Technical Editor
619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773
www.symitar.com

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